The most recent report from the Outdoor Foundation found that 8.3 million people tried mountain biking at least once last year—the third year in a row that the sport has grown. In terms of how people get on trails, mountain biking is now second to only hiking.
When compared to its road cycling counterpart, mountain biking is considered far more laid-back. But it can still be an intimidating sport to enter, thanks to a dictionary’s worth of jargon, a long list of gear you seemingly need and trails that can be pretty damn scary the first time you go out.
But life as a rookie mountain biker doesn’t have to be all that bad.